Daniel Jones makes Giants intentions clear: ‘Want to be here’

Daniel Jones makes Giants intentions clear: ‘Want to be here’

Let there be no mistake. 

“I like this place,” Daniel Jones mentioned on Sunday, as he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers, their season over and carried out with. “I need to be right here.” 

Nobody will get all the pieces they need, however on this case, it’s troublesome to conjure up a situation through which Jones and the Giants usually are not collectively once more for the 2023 season, and past. There may be not a lot compelling proof to counsel when it’s time for the Giants to reconvene that Jones will probably be wherever else however located in his customary finish locker stall. 

Instantly after the Giants had been ousted from the playoffs with a non-competitive 38-7 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Discipline on Saturday, Jones was given two alternatives to state he wished to return to the Giants — the staff that chosen him at No. 6-overall within the 2019 NFL Draft. Each instances, he dodged and didn’t reply. Because it seems — and anybody who has been round Jones for a while would have figured this out — Jones was not prepared to maneuver forward and specific his personal wishes at a time when he was hurting from a blowout loss. 

“I don’t see the way it bought interpreted,” Jones mentioned. “I didn’t see any of that.” 

Daniel Jones has made his intentions clear about his Giants future. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

Earlier than the loss had truly settled in, working again Saquon Barkley mentioned he couldn’t envision that being his final recreation in a Giants uniform. Jones was not practically as introspective within the guests’ locker room on Saturday and solely barely extra revealing a day later. 

Requested if he has any doubts he will probably be again with the Giants, Jones mentioned, “I don’t know. Proper now greater than something fascinated by this yr and this staff and the fellows and the way grateful I’m to be part of it. Particular group of fellows. I’ve actually loved being right here, I’ve nothing however love and respect for this group. I’d like to be again however we’ll see, there’s a enterprise facet of it, too.” 

Ah sure, the enterprise facet. Jones is clearly uneasy when his expiring contract, the large salaries for beginning NFL quarterbacks and the place he suits in are subjects for dialogue. He truly fidgeted a bit when the topic was broached. 

“Um, yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite a part of it,” Jones mentioned. “I believe you play for the love of the sport and the chance to dedicate your self to one thing and work to enhance as a participant, as an individual, to me that’s what it’s about. 

“On the similar time, at this degree it’s a enterprise and you may’t ignore that piece of it.” 

Jones mentioned he’s conscious of what the market is, so far as what beginning quarterbacks across the league earn on an annual foundation. 

“Yeah, I bought a very good sense of that,” he mentioned. 

Daniel Jones walks off the sector following the Giants’ loss to the Eagles on Jan. 22. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

If that’s the case, he’s cognizant that there are 9 quarterbacks within the $40 million per yr membership: Aaron Rodgers ($50 million per yr), Russell Wilson ($49 million), Kyler Murray ($46 million), Deshaun Watson ($46 million), Patrick Mahomes ($45 million), Josh Allen ($43 million), Derek Carr ($40 million), Matthew Stafford ($40 million) and Dak Prescott ($40 million). It’s logical to make an argument that Jones deserves to be within the subsequent tier, consisting of Kirk Cousins ($35 million per yr), Jared Goff ($33.5 million), Carson Wentz ($32 million), Matt Ryan ($30 million) and Ryan Tannehill ($29.5 million). At 25 years previous, Jones is youthful than each quarterback within the high 14 in wage apart from Murray — Jones is lower than three months older than Murray. 

It’s pure that Jones compares himself with the others at his place, when it comes to success on the sector and in monetary dealings. 

“You strive not to do this,” Jones mentioned. “Over the course of those first few years I believe I’ve realized exterior of the contract piece of it, simply while you watch different gamers all through the league and also you get into conditions the place you’re evaluating your self, I don’t assume that’s ever honest and never all that productive. Each state of affairs is totally different, you don’t know what precisely different guys are coping with and so they don’t know what you’re coping with. At any place I believe evaluating gamers throughout the league, I believe not less than I’ve realized, I don’t know the way useful it’s.” 

Daniel Jones is conscious of the enterprise facet of how his giants future will unravel. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

As for any report that the Giants and Jones are near a deal, Jones mentioned, “I don’t assume there’s a lot reality to that.’’ In fact, that is correct, contemplating negotiations had been by no means going to open up till after the season. Basic supervisor Joe Schoen believes there shouldn’t be any main selections made till not less than one week after the season has ended, so as to stop emotion from clouding his judgment. 

Jones mentioned he has had “optimistic” conversations with Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll when these talks have ventured into what comes subsequent. 

“I believe they assume I made a number of enchancment this yr,” Jones mentioned. “I’ll allow them to converse for themselves in the case of that stuff. We’ve had conversations, they’ve been optimistic and I’ve loved taking part in for ’em.” 

This season and, most probably, on into the long run.

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